Gluten Allergy Food List

Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Many people choose a gluten-free lifestyle to avoid refined flour, which has almost no nutritional value but is calorie-laden. Some people avoid gluten because they suffer from celiac disease (the medical term for gluten intolerance), which can cause digestive discomfort in the form of gas, diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating.

Effects of Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disease rather than an allergy. In severe cases of celiac disease, gluten attacks parts of the small intestine where nutrients from food are absorbed. Malnutrition is the most obvious side effect, followed by anemia, osteoporosis, stunted growth (in children) and depression. If you think you may have gluten intolerance or symptoms of celiac disease, seek the advice of a doctor as soon as possible to be tested. Your physician may suggest that you meet with a dietitian.

Gluten-Free Carbohydrates

A gluten-free diet does not mean you can have no carbohydrates. You can enjoy quinoa, rice, corn and flours made from these grains. Many gluten-free breads are available. Beans are a satisfying combination of carbohydrate and protein. Rice and beans are a nutritious and safe food choice.

Meat

Meat is naturally free of gluten. Be aware, though, that breaded meats contain gluten (unless you prepare them yourself, using gluten-free flour). Meatballs almost always have breadcrumbs mixed in, and many meat replacement products (designed for vegetarians) also contain gluten. Packaged and prepared meat products that may contain gluten are hamburger patties, hot dogs, cold cuts and canned chili.

Dairy Foods

Except for malted drinks, gluten does not naturally exist in milk products. However, there may be gluten in prepared dairy foods like cheeses, flavored yogurts, whipped cream and some nondairy creamers.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh and unprocessed frozen fruits and vegetables contain no gluten. Avoid canned fruit, creamed vegetables and prepared sauces for vegetables unless you can make sure that there is no gluten in the syrup or sauce.

Foods to Avoid

Packaged and processed foods often contain gluten. If avoiding them altogether sounds too difficult, read labels to look for the word “flour” on such foods as instant flavored rice, egg substitutes, flavored potato chips and chocolate. Barley contains gluten, as do matzoh and semolina flour. Beer and some other alcoholic beverages contain gluten.

Call restaurants before eating out to ask about gluten-free dishes.

How to Slim a Pear-Shaped Body

Pear-shaped women tend to have unbalanced upper and lower body–with the upper part smaller and the lower part of the body larger. The hips are usually wider than the shoulders and weight gain is apparent below the waist. Pear-shaped women usually have flat stomachs, small chest and a small waist. The main concern in slimming a pear-shaped body is to lessen the fat around the thighs, hips and butt. This may be done with proper exercise to tone the lower body and appropriate clothing to create the illusion of a slimmer figure.

Instructions

  1. Focus your exercise on balancing the top and bottom half of the body, particularly slimming down the lower body. Choose exercises that will burn as many calories as possible. Do cycling or running, as these help burn more fat on the lower part of the body. Walk for 20 minutes in the morning and another 20 minutes in the evening. Jump rope for 20 minutes in the afternoon. Do aerobic exercise for at least 45 minutes a day.
  2. Engage in weight training to build your upper body and make your lower body look smaller. Lift weights to build muscle mass in the upper body. Choose “light” weights and lift them for 15 to 20 repetitions. Include resistance exercises that work out the lower body in your exercise program.
  3. Dress your pear-shaped body appropriately. Wear button-down clothes, V-necks, slim-fitting tops and clothing with an A-line silhouette. When shopping for clothes make sure that the length of the top falls just below the hipbone. Include layering in your dressing style to create visual balance between the larger and smaller part of the body.

Tips & Warnings

  1. Wear simple and structured bottoms to create the illusion of longer legs. Pants should be free of detail. Fabric should be stretchable and must skim along the contour of the thighs.
  2. If you can afford to hire a personal trainer, do so. A personal trainer can greatly help in balancing the lower and upper body more expediently.
  3. Don’t be scared of weight lifting. Just remember not to lift weights that are too heavy; you will know that the weight is light enough if you can lift it 15 to 20 times without getting too tired.